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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Eagles

By Andy Jasner

The Philadelphia Eagles have the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft after finishing 10-6 last season. A wide receiver, linebacker or defensive tackle would make sense for them.

Todd McShay’s fourth 2014 NFL mock draft is out on ESPN Insider today and his choice is a headline grabber for the Eagles, who own the No. 22 pick.

McShay has the Eagles taking USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, which would make him the fifth wide receiver selected by the time No. 22 comes along.

The Eagles would have interest in Clemson’s Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, among others, but McShay has them going No. 5 and No. 7, respectively.

If Lee is available at No. 22, it would be tough to pass on him. Though Lee didn’t put up the marquee numbers in 2013 that he did the season prior, his potential is still immense. In 2012, the 6-foot Lee had 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. Last season, however, Lee compiled 57 receptions for 791 yards and four touchdowns.

Drafting Lee would mean the Eagles would get a speedy wide receiver with an enormous upside. It would also mean passing on other quality players at various positions, which is always the case when you pick at No. 22. If Lee is available when the Eagles pick, they would get a quality wide receiver who likely would flourish under coach Chip Kelly.

“It doesn't matter what offense I get to play in,” Lee told reporters at the NFL combine in February. “I just want to get the chance to play.”

In the second round, McShay has the Eagles taking Florida State defensive back Terrence Brooks. The Eagles hold the No. 54 overall pick in the second round.